Healthy & Equity in Suburban Redevelopment: How MN Cities Can Tackle the Preservation/Adaptation Challenge

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CDT

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Many auto-oriented, predominantly white suburbs are experiencing a time of transition as market pressures, demographics, and cultural attitudes shift. Drawing on our recently published Healthy & Equitable Development report, we'll share the thoughts of community members, elected officials, city staff, and developers in first-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities on barriers around community engagement, active transportation, and subsidized and "naturally occurring" affordable housing, and share ways to keep moving forward.

Attendees will learn about:

-Current trends in suburban residential development

-Resources and strategies to overcome barriers to building more healthy, equitable developments

-Action steps they can take as practitioners to move their communities forward


Maria Wardoku

Maria Wardoku was the research assistant and primary report author for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention’s Healthy and Equitable Development project. She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she focused on ... Read More

Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School, where he focused on land use and environmental law. He serves as the Director of Community Development and Innovation for the University of MN Foundation Real Estate Advisors and as a commissioner on the City of Minneapolis Planning Commission. Read More

Peter Hendee Brown

Peter Hendee Brown brings a multi-disciplinary approach to his professional work in city building and to his academic career, combining experience in architecture, planning, city government administration, and real estate development. Peter is an independent development consultant to private, public, and nonprofit clients. He teaches private-sector real estate development at ... Read More

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